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Where did the English Travis family come from? What is the English Travis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Travis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Travis family history?The name Travis is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person who collected a toll from travelers or merchants crossing a bridge. This common practice had the purpose of providing financial resources to maintain the upkeep of the bridge. The surname Travis is derived from the Old English words travers, travas, traves, and travis. These are all derived from the Old French nouns travers and traverse, which refer to the act of passing through a gate or crossing a river or bridge.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Travis family name include Travers, Traverse, Travis, Traviss and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Travis research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1548, 1635, 1st , 1594 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Travis History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Travis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Travis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Travis or a variant listed above:
Travis Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Travis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Travis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.
The Travis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Travis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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